When Opportunity Presents Itself


Like many educators in Massachusetts  , I am aware that next week will mark the date that we moved to online learning.  As a media specialist, I have been involved in online communities of learning prior to the pandemic. However, last year I witnessed a significant change that for me created a call to action. One of the first things I did was reach out to the community of media specialists and found  great support each day from Renee Hobbs of the University of Rhode Island Media Lab. The Virtual Viral Hangouts allowed connection with like minded professionals who were [...]

A Community that Keeps on Giving

2020-07-29T14:12:19+00:00design, education|

One of the basic foundations when establishing roots somewhere is to be certain that you are able to dig a well and that it keeps you sustained and you can always cast down your bucket to draw up more sustenance from it's source. The well in my example is the well of knowledge that I have established for myself at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. As I settled down in 2014 in my role as Library Media Specialist at Tri county County Regional Vocational Technical High School I  would draw from the [...]

Healing Through Play- A Tale of Two Events

2020-07-17T14:46:01+00:00design, education, human|

Over the past month I have been fortunate to be exposed to so many accomplished creative educators, artists, computer science and other academics who are engaged in what Jane  McGonigal said was a better way to change the world. At Serious Play Conference ( June 22-26) and Games for Change Festival I witnessed amazing examples of not games that were specifically designed to create impactful behavioral change in the way people relate to one another. The list of games, programs I have seen were done by people who embrace the notion that games can make us better and lead to [...]

Looking Inward with a Focused Lens

2020-07-13T19:25:14+00:00design, education|

In previous posts I wrote about my experiences attending the daily Virtually Viral Hangouts hosted by the Media Education Lab at University of Rhode Island over a 13 week period. Following this experience, I was fortunate to be invited to serve on a panel of participants who would discussing their experience during a session at the Media Ecology Associating convention that took place online. The theme of the convention was Communication Choices and Challenges. The Saturday sessions I was involved with fit in with the theme as we were going to be speaking about the unique experiences we were able [...]

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”- Rabbi Hillel (110 BCE-10 CE)

2020-07-14T12:52:39+00:00design, education|

Since March, like many other people, I have been removed from my regular work environment and made to come to grips with some of the changes that some people thought would be temporary. Aside from looking after the welfare of my immediate and extended family, I worked quickly and efficiently to make sure that as a Library Media Specialist in a vocational high school I am able to continue providing both staff and students access to the resources they are accustomed to accessing on a regular basis. As the information specialist at my school, always having the pulse on what [...]

Creating Behavioral Changes in a Vocational Library Media Center


Final Project- Creating Behavioral Changes in a Vocational Library Media Center LSC 531 URI w/Dr. Renee Hobbs Ariel Dagan Ignite Presentation: https://youtu.be/PPH7W2psr7U Introduction: The following information will provide details regarding a project I am undertaking at a school library in Franklin, Massachusetts. I will be providing below details regarding the aims, goals, and process of developing this project. It is my hope that the documentation will provide enough background to understand the immense amount of work I have, and continue to put into this project. In the conclusion section I will cover assessment of this project. The implementation of [...]

The Long And Winding Road


In the song “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles I find answers to where it is I am on this amazing journey of information science, and especially in my understanding of information competencies for Young Adults. In this online summer course with Dr. Renee Hobbs at University of Rhode Island I have found much twist and turns. I found stimulating material that has been introduced through our word press website where each week I have had several opportunities to share experiences with some of the 25 classmates in my course. Taking an online course has been both rewarding [...]

Article Review for #LSC531


The following is a review of a 2013 article published in the academic journal BookBird. This publication is dedicated to covering children’s literature with a focus on the international scene. The journal is produced by Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with the International Board on Books for Young children (IBBY). This article brings to our attention reading programs that are taking place in the United Kingdoms, The Netherlands, and …. It’s primary focus is the results of the 2009-2010 results from the program called “The Challenge” that was run by The Flemish Reading Association. On a side note- Flemish is [...]

Reflections after a week of LSC531 assignments- Reading and more


Is it my imagination or does it seem like there are many assignments to be done each week. I must admit that I was not a fan of the assignments for this week. Even though I am registered for this class I do not wish to publicly share the results of the study or annotated notes. For this reason I will keep my answers brief: Here is a link showing I know how to annotate an article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B92yvJ-cvo52UUQ0eHloNjRLMXM/edit?usp=sharing I did not enjoy this weeks readings and found them to be missing much information. Writing my logs for the entire week [...]

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